Hershey: Our Peanut Butter Is Safe

The Hershey Company is reaffirming an announcement it made earlier: None of its products have been affected by the recent recall of items produced by the Peanut Corporation of America.

Hershey said Thursday it does not purchase peanut butter, peanuts or any peanut products from the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA).

PCA is a Virginia-based business whose Blakely, Ga., facility has been linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak. PCA has voluntarily recalled all peanuts and peanut products processed at its Georgia facility since Jan. 1, 2007. The company previously only recalled its peanut-butter paste.

The FDA is currently conducting an investigation into a nationwide salmonella outbreak that, to date, has sickened more than 500 people.

The Hershey Company said all its Hershey’s and Reese’s candies are safe to consume.

“No products made by The Hershey Company, including items and brands in the iconic Reese’s franchise, are affected by the recall of items produced by the Peanut Corporation of America,” the company said. “Hershey does not purchase any peanut butter, peanuts or peanut products from the Peanut Corporation of America. Peanut butter for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is made in Hershey facilities under the most stringent safety and quality standards.”

Hershey’s peanut-butter products include Hershey’s, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Reese’s Big Cup, Reese’s Fast Break, Reese’s Crispy Crunchy, Reese’s Whipps, Reese’s Sticks, Reese’s Clusters, Reese’s Pieces, Nutrageous, Hershey’s Kisses with Peanut Butter, Hershey’s Miniatures, Mr. Goodbar, Payday, Take 5 and 5th Avenue.

Hershey’s also said all of its seasonal treats and other items sold to other food companies and used as ingredients in other products are sare.

Any questions regarding this issue can be answered by Hershey’s Consumer Relations line: 1-800-468-1714.

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